Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Washington, D.C.


DutiesSummaryThe incumbent provides technical expertise in one or more of FAS's areas of responsibility to include; market development, trade agreements and negotiations, collection and analysis of statistics and market information, administration of export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and provision of linkages to global resources and international organizations for U.S. agriculture to enhance competitiveness.ResponsibilitiesThe duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.The duties may include, but are not limited to:Develops, plans, and conducts analysis of complex issues which contribute to the accomplishment of the agency mission to expand and maintain international market opportunities for U.S. agriculture.Assists in the development and implementation of project strategiesServes as an advisor to other federal and state agencies, the academic community, industry, and scientific and regulatory review boards.Assists with the establishment of fair and transparent rules governing international trade through negotiation and enforcement of trade agreementsImplements programs to promote trade, economic growth, and trade capacity in global programs.Analyzes and interprets international trade data and legal issues as applied to financial, political, economic, scientific, and business parameters of international agriculture trade.Reviews and evaluates agreements, legislation, and policy to ensure consistency with international standards and compliance with World Trade Organization agreements.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - Both domestic and international travel may be required.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential12Job family (Series)RequirementsConditions of EmploymentYou must be a US Citizen or US NationalMales born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exemptSubject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint checkSuccessful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institutionSuccessfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify atQualificationsApplicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:Knowledge of basic principles of agricultural or international trade, marketing, or capacity building.Ability to research and collect of data to report on international trade and/or agricultural markets and programs.Analysis of trade, marketing, or capacity building data and information.Ability to monitor a wide range of information sources and identify significant developments that may affect agricultural trade. OR: A Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in international relations, international economics, international business,international trade, business administration or related degrees, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:Oral and written communications skills sufficient to clearly explain and describe issues to internal and external audiences including team members, supervisors, and non-USG partner organizations.Research, evaluation and advisement on international agricultural policies, marketing or capacity building programs that account for social, economic or political trends that have an impact on trade.Knowledge of U.S. international or agricultural trade and barriers and opportunities to U.S. exportsDevelopment and coordination of logistical and technical details for policy, marketing or capacity building projects. OR: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in international relations, international economics, international business, international trade, business administration or related degrees, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:- Ability to brief senior agency officials on technical and/or logistical details for trade, marketing, or capacity building programs.- Having advised supervisors on international agricultural trade policies, marketing or capacity building.- Agricultural or international trade policy management.- Country or regional economic, political, social, and demographic trends research management.- Agricultural commodity production, trade and marketing management.- Project management of agricultural marketing or trade capacity building programs.Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.TRANSCRIPTS are required if:You are qualifying for the position based on education.You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-09 or GS-11 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.EducationSee educational requirements above.Additional informationCareer Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:Decision MakingInternational Trade AnalysisInterpersonal SkillsWritten CommunicationInfluencing and Negotiating Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.To view the application form, visit:Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceDrug test requiredYesPosition sensitivity and riskTrust determination process,Required DocumentsThe following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visitSurplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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